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Upgrading Microsoft Test Manager from Visual Studio 2010

Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft Test Manager lets you create a test plan that is associated with your team project. In your test plan, you can define which tests you plan to run for a specific iteration. Also, you can create test configurations that specify the test set up that you want to use to run your tests. By defining what tests you want to run on which test configurations, you can now use the test plan to measure your progress as soon as you begin to run your tests. For more information about Microsoft Test Manager, see Quick Start Guide for Manual Testing using Microsoft Test Manager.

Note Note

Visual Studio Ultimate 2012, Visual Studio Premium 2012 and Visual Studio Test Professional 2012, which include Microsoft Test Manager, can both be installed side-by-side with your previous version of Visual Studio 2010.

Microsoft Test Manager communicates with Team Foundation Server to help you manage your testing effort. You can use Microsoft Test Manager to connect to Team Foundation Server 2010 or vice-versa. A majority of features of Microsoft Test Manager—such as test planning and execution, data collection, and use of lab environments—work fine between mismatched versions of Microsoft Test Manager and Team Foundation Server. However, there are certain limitations that you should be aware of:

  • Microsoft Test Manager 2010 with Team Foundation Server 2012:

    • To continue to use Microsoft Test Manager 2010 with Visual Studio 2012, you must first ensure that you are using Microsoft Test Manager 2010 SP1, and then you must install all the latest software updates.

    • After the patches are installed, you will be able to connect to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 from Microsoft Test Manager 2010 and use most of the features.

    • You can’t create or edit lab environments. You can, however, view the ones that have already been created, and use them for running manual or automated tests, and for remote data collection.

    • You can’t use any of the newer features of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 such as Exploratory Testing. To use these features, you must also upgrade to Microsoft Test Manager.

  • Microsoft Test Manager with Team Foundation Server 2010:

    • To use Microsoft Test Manager clients, you must first ensure that you are using Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1, and then you must install the latest software updates for the Team Foundation Server. Similarly, all the test controllers and test agents installed in lab environments must be running version 2010 SP1 components, and you must install the latest patches on all of them.

    • The Environments and Library tabs in Microsoft Test Manager are disabled when you connect to Team Foundation Server 2010. For this functionality, you must install Microsoft Test Manager 2010 SP1 side-by-side with Microsoft Test Manager.

    • You can’t use any of the newer features of Microsoft Test Manager, such as Exploratory Testing. To use these features, you must also upgrade the server to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012.

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